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Old 10-10-2004, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone knows how many BMWs are stolen each year (or last year for example). I would find it hard to believe that a large amount of new ones could be stolen with all of the "drivaway protection" BMW puts in them. However, I saw one report that showed 3-series coupes as being a hot item for thiefs. The randomized key code that the engine needs to start seems good enough to stop even the most clever theif. I guess it's not as effective as I thought. Maybe I should spend the dough for an alarm, after all . Thanks in advance.
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As you can see here, BMW didn't even make the list. Figures I have seen reported on average 200 stolen units per year. Most frequently the vehicles were stolen with the use of the vehicle's key (ie: breaking into the lock box at a dealership) BMW has done it's homework when it comes to theft deturant systems. I must agree that the anti-theft system on the BMW is quite advanced. If you think about it, if a theif wants your car, the factory alarm or an aftermarket alarm isn't going to stop them if they know what they are doing and want your car badly enough. I feel as safe as can be expected in Phoenix AZ with my BMW's theft deturant system...just my opinion
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As you can see here, BMW didn't even make the list. Figures I have seen reported on average 200 stolen units per year. Most frequently the vehicles were stolen with the use of the vehicle's key (ie: breaking into the lock box at a dealership) BMW has done it's homework when it comes to theft deturant systems. I must agree that the anti-theft system on the BMW is quite advanced. If you think about it, if a theif wants your car, the factory alarm or an aftermarket alarm isn't going to stop them if they know what they are doing and want your car badly enough. I feel as safe as can be expected in Phoenix AZ with my BMW's theft deturant system...just my opinion
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This is a list of only the top 10. There are lots more stolen.

That being said, there are two ways to steal a BMW. Use a flat bed truck to steal it and part it out or steal a key to it. You could replace the ignition system and keys, but that's a lot of work and too costly, PLUS the thieves would need access to a new one.

One of the dumbest things you can do is leave your valet key in your owners manual. That key can be used to start the car, drive it away, and sell it for parts.
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The amount of cars sold total has alot to do with those statistics as well. There are 7 or 8 times as many accords, civics and camrys sold than 3 series.
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The amount of cars sold total has alot to do with those statistics as well. There are 7 or 8 times as many accords, civics and camrys sold than 3 series.
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True and you also get to acknowldge the fact that its far far more difficult to fence a BMW than say a Toyota Camry or a Accord. I mean in my whole block I have the only Silver BMW 325xi.......countless chevys, accords and camrys......makes rather conspicous to steal too......yet I have known Beemers to be stolen and they can be if the guy really wants it :P . I had almost stolen one last year when I couldnt afford one...I wanted it sooooo bad.......j/k.......
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